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It's a New Year of Neighbourhood Small Grants

Published March 25, 2024

Here at RCRG, spring is one of our favourite seasons. We love the fact that, each day, the sun shines a little longer. And the cherry blossoms? Absolutely spectacular! Just outside our office, at the Richmond Caring Place, several trees are already in full bloom!

And we haven't even gotten to the best part of spring: it marks the start of another inspiring year of Neighbourhood Small Grants!

In fact, 2024 marks the beginning of a new decade for the program. This is the 11th year that Neighbourhood Small Grants have been offered in Richmond, and RCRG is proud to have been there every step of the way!

From now until April 18, Richmond residents can apply for up to $500 to carry out a community project.

You're probably wondering, What types of projects qualify for support? At the most basic level, we're looking to fund ideas that connect neighbours. Your project should be fun, creative, and inclusive, with the aim of sharing skills, bridging cultural divides, or fostering a sense of social belonging. Within those parameters, you can let your imagination run free!

Beyond the standard Neighbourhood Small Grant, several specialized funding streams are available, focusing, respectively, on Indigenous projectsyouth-led projects, and projects that promote environmental and social wellbeing.

With Neighbourhood Small Grants, your age, experience, or background doesn't matter. All you need is an idea, and a desire to make a difference in your community. It's an opportunity to have a positive impact, in a personal way, so take the leap, and apply today!

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is offered in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC.